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Dobrzynski: Overture Monbar | Symphony Characteristic No.2 [Lukasz Borowicz] [Chandos: CHAN 10778(2)] [Double CD]

Emilian Madey , The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra , Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyski , Lukasz Borowicz Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
  • Composer: Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyski
  • Audio CD (29 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00C30ZA8W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Monbar (The Freebooters), Op. 30: OverturePolish Radio Symphony Orchestra Warsaw10:53Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto in A flat major, Op. 2 (reconstructed by K. Baculewski): I. Allegro moderatoEmilian Madey17:55Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Concerto in A flat major, Op. 2 (reconstructed by K. Baculewski): II. Andante espressivoEmilian Madey10:04Album Only
Listen  4. Piano Concerto in A flat major, Op. 2 (reconstructed by K. Baculewski): III. Rondo: Vivace ma non troppo (Cadenza by E. Madey)Emilian Madey12:35Album Only


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 15, "Characteristic" (1862 revised version): I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivacePolish Radio Symphony Orchestra Warsaw13:33Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 15, "Characteristic" (1862 revised version): II. Elegia: Andante doloroso ma non troppo lentoPolish Radio Symphony Orchestra Warsaw 6:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 15, "Characteristic" (1862 revised version): III. Minuetto alla Mazovienna: Allegro ma non troppo - TrioPolish Radio Symphony Orchestra Warsaw 8:42Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 15, "Characteristic" (1862 revised version): IV. Finale alla Cracovienna: Vivace assai - Presto - PrestissimoPolish Radio Symphony Orchestra Warsaw 7:22£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 15, "Characteristic": II. Andante grazioso (1834 original version)Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Warsaw 8:41Album Only


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Review

This is a highly listenable Symphony and the whole concert most recommendable at Chandos's two-for-one price. --IRR, June'13

Lukasz Borowicz draws some nicely tuned and consistently bright-eyed playing from the Polish Radio SO. --Gramophone, July'13

Product Description

Ouverture de "Monbar" - Concerto pour piano, op.2 - Symphonie n°2, op.15 / Emilian Madey, piano - Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Lukasz Borowicz, direction

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Although Dobrzynski may rank among the hundreds of obscure composers, he was undoubtedly a competent artist and perfect craftsman of the first rank. Yet, unlike his contemporary Frederick Chopin, whose music on the whole, reflects that strong candid bent for Polish nationalism pooled by a unique style, Dobrzynski seems to have a diluted effect of `Polishness' at least in his piano concerto. Composed in 1824 - some three years before he commenced studies with Chopin's teacher Elsner (an advocate for Polish nationalism, as history books inform us) his piano concerto is littered with the typical early nineteenth century hallmarks to display brilliant bravura passages and technique to feed an insatiable audience who much preferred technical and dramatic display at the concerts. Although stunningly melodious and captivating which this recording offers its listeners, Dobrzynski's only concerto of (dare I say) over forty minutes duration would have fallen short from an easy and pleasant listening experience, had it not been for the exceptional versatility and gleaming performance of Emilian Madey - the pianist in this recording. Piano concerto buffs would undoubtedly recall that only recently (in 2012) the same piano concerto was released with Howard Shelley as the soloist on the National Institute Frederyck Chopin label. Although Howard Shelley is world renowned for his interpretation of early romantic piano music, and who I highly admire, a comparison between the two performers of the Dobrzynski is not possible since I am not familiar with the latter of the two recordings. I find it somewhat ironic that on one hand we have a superb English pianist, rendering the concerto for a Polish label, and on the other we have a wonderful Polish pianist representing the concerto on an English label. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD MUSIC 22 Oct 2013
By Racompa
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I would recommend this cd to anyone interested in the byways of classical music.
Both, the piano concerto and the symphony are pieces worth investigating. The only reservation of this marvellous music is the overture to " Monbar ", a rather vapid and uninspired work.
Great performances as well, with the high standards of quality of the enterprising label Chandos.
A very good find.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not a strong recommendation 27 May 2013
By Stephen
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An early 19c Polish composer must surely have some affinity with Chopin? Well, no. The main work here, the Piano Concerto, dates from 1824 when Chopin was 14, and the presiding spirit is actually Hummel. No harm in that - some of Hummel's piano concertos are fine works. But this is not particularly distinctive, and the symphony, from the 1830s, is even less distinctive. So these discs, on which the music is very well played and recorded, don't really do much for the reputation of this minor composer, and are not worth a strong recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The National and European Characters of Dobrzynski 20 Jun 2013
By Luke Agati - Published on Amazon.com
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Although Dobrzynski may rank among the hundreds of obscure composers, he was undoubtedly a competent artist and perfect craftsman of the first rank. Yet, unlike his contemporary Frederick Chopin, whose music on the whole, reflects that strong candid bent for Polish nationalism pooled by a unique style, Dobrzynski seems to have a diluted effect of `Polishness' at least in his piano concerto. Composed in 1824 - some three years before he commenced studies with Chopin's teacher Elsner (an advocate for Polish nationalism, as history books inform us) his piano concerto is littered with the typical early nineteenth century hallmarks to display brilliant bravura passages and technique to feed an insatiable audience who much preferred technical and dramatic display at the concerts. Although stunningly melodious and captivating which this recording offers its listeners, Dobrzynski's only concerto of (dare I say) over forty minutes duration would have fallen short from an easy and pleasant listening experience, had it not been for the exceptional versatility and gleaming performance of Emilian Madey - the pianist in this recording. Piano concerto buffs would undoubtedly recall that only recently (in 2012) the same piano concerto was released with Howard Shelley as the soloist on the National Institute Frederyck Chopin label. Although Howard Shelley is world renowned for his interpretation of early romantic piano music, and who I highly admire, a comparison between the two performers of the Dobrzynski is not possible since I am not familiar with the latter of the two recordings. I find it somewhat ironic that on one hand we have a superb English pianist, rendering the concerto for a Polish label, and on the other we have a wonderful Polish pianist representing the concerto on an English label.

Nonetheless, Madey is certainly an accomplished performer. From the liner notes we are told that sections of the original score were reintroduced for the present recording. (It is not clear why the original score was hacked and who was responsible for the revision). In addition Madey was apparently responsible for introducing the cadenza heard in the final movement. Madey's performance delightfully exposes all that Dobrzynski initially intended and so we are provided with a skilful soloist that combines "vivacity and an occasional youthful gaucheness with lyrical and decorative expressiveness" in the opening movement. The second movement marked `andante espressivo' contains a number of passages of lyrical beauty, and so fittingly interpreted I must say; the rondo finale maintains a sprightly energy from go to woe.

Dobrzynski's second symphony, written a decade later, bears all the traits promoting that turbulent fervour for Polish nationalism prevalent in 1830s, so aptly given in the key of C minor. With a `forceful orchestration', a `sombre introduction' of woodwinds that appear from nowhere introducing the main theme; a `turbulent polonaise', and the scoring of trumpets and trombones, etc, etc, the symphony is just as agreeable to one's listening experience. As opposed to his second symphony, Dobrzynski's overture to the opera Monbar, or The Filibuster which was also written in the 1830s follows operatic influences, surprisingly not of a Polish nature, but from German and Italian traits.

The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lukasz Borowicz deserves the highest praise. For many years Chandos has provided the serious music lover with outstanding recordings and this is no exception. If this latest `crystal clear' issue is a little too obscure, don't let that put you off. This is a wonderful addition to a fascinating library of rarely heard early romantic music from Poland.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Blue 30 Mar 2014
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
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For me, Ignacy Dobrzynski comes out of nowhere -- the Cinderella composer, to have a Caddyshack moment. Given the dates of composition of these works -- around 1830 and before -- I really find the two major pieces on this disc to be quite striking. The Piano Concerto seems quite mature and Romantic for its time, as does the symphony, which does at times revert back to an almost Haydnesque sensibility now and then. My untrained ear finds nothing horribly bad with the performances as such, and the music itself is really very captivating. This is a detour from the usual suspects of major proportion, and highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Agree with the reviewer above but beware the packaging! 28 July 2013
By Michael R. Butcher - Published on Amazon.com
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I can but echo the sentiments of the previous reviewer and add that I too hope we see more releases from the not-so-well-known group of polish composers that were around in the early part of the 19th century. This music is indeed worth adding to the repertoire.

I do however give a word of warning. In reviewing the CD I am obliged to review the packaging also. On this occasion, as with some other Chandos releases I have purchased, the liner notes are so thick that they are literally jammed into the CD case, needlessly causing damage to the booklet.

If that does not bother you, go ahead and get this CD as it is well worth listening to. However, it is only a matter of time before someone else releases a CD by Dobrzynski and maybe their finished product will be undamaged and worth having in the collection. I'll wait for a few months............................................
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